Red Hook, Brooklyn, is one of the most remote neighborhoods in the New York City area. There’s no direct subway line to it, and it feels like a different time and place from the rest of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
And while it’s become a hipster enclave, complete with cute restaurants and cool boutiques, it’s still struggling socioeconomically: only 4 percent of adults living in the area have a college degree, and 28 percent of the children in Red Hook live in poverty.
But schools like Summit School Charter School in the area are looking to fix that. They try to create a family feeling in the school, letting kids feel safe, seen and appreciated. Two teachers from the school, Natasha and Carrol, appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show and received $25,000 from her for their efforts at Summit.
But Ellen had more in mind — she asked the teachers back on the show, along with the entire senior class. Watch Ellen give them a phenomenal gift — one that will change the rest of their lives…